Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
The 19th century produced numerous intellectual currents which were expressions of an incompatibility with the modern age. In reaction to the emergence of a now, urban, petty bourgeois world the 19th century intellectual of ten assumed the role of a prophet, warning of the decadent course of history while portraying an ideal form of existence which could eventually be achieved. One manifestation of this expression of dissent was Romanticism, and especially German Romanticism. In Germany there arose a passionate outcry for the internal purification of man and the return to an earlier condition. Associated with this was the worship of the hare, an ideal type of man that had once flourished, but had since been betrayed.
Chemnitz, Gregory R., "Cultural barbarism and the romantic ideal an analysis of three cases of hero-worship in 19th century Germany" (1979). Honors Theses. 402.